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Eleven will be deported

Wednesday, 21st January, 2009

Eleven people detained after Police and Department of Immigration and Citizenship officials raided properties at Menindee on Monday will be deported from Australia by the end of the week.

Police initially said only three people were detained, however further raids led to eight more being located. Those captured included one Indian male, two Indian females, three Malaysian males, four Malaysian females and one Chinese female. Their ages were not released, but a Department spokesperson said no children were involved. All 11 were spoken to by Immigration officials in Menindee before being conveyed to the Broken Hill Police Station where they were arrested and detained. The spokesperson said the group arrived in Adelaide for processing yesterday morning and would face deportation under the Immigration Act in the next few days. The Department spokesperson said all were travelling on expired tourist visas. He also said those without return tickets would be sent home at taxpayer's expense, and all faced a three-year exclusion period from Australia. The eleven detainees were located at three different locations. The Department of Immigration was still investigating the matter and have yet to decide if any employers would be fined.

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